The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Men of God #2

Dr. Gene Scott


SomeNYGuy said...

I asked God about this entry and his response was, "Who the hell is Dr. Gene Scott? Never heard of him!"

Tom Sutpen said...

This is perhaps the least forgivable way to answer that question, but:

Lex10 said...


Tom Sutpen said...

Nicely done!

Boy, them whiteboards sure could look like Jackson Pollock canvases by the time ol' Dr. Gene got through with them.

Recently I caught about 20 minutes of Pastor Melissa (Gene's widow), trying to do his act. It doesn't work.

Btw, if anyone knows where and how I can lay my mitts on old Festival of Faith tapes from the 70s and 80s . . . the really crazy stuff . . . you'll officially be my hero.

Julie said...

I like Pastor Melissa! But she's definitely derivative of the master.

By the way, do you take requests? ;-) I'd love to see an entry for my favorite Man of God, Marjoe Gortner. What a superstar!